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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research in India". Mumbai Mirror (extract), 2011.

"Mumbai scientist shows dementia can be reversed"

Dr Sudipta Maiti’s paper, published in an international science journal, has created a buzz in medical circles

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Tuesday, September 06, 2011 on Mumbai Mirror, 

by Ankit  AJMERA. 

"A Mumbai-based scientist's path-breaking research on rogue protiens in human brain that cause Alzheimer's has brought new hope in the global quest for finding a treatment for the degenerative disorder previously thought to be incurable."

"Dr Sudipta Maiti, a professor at the Department of Chemical Sciences, TATA Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), and his team have found that it is possible to reverse the behaviour of Amyloid Beta protiens that cause Alzheimer's when they depart from their prescribed function of aiding human memory and cognitive behaviour."


"Dr Ashok M Sirsat, neurologist, Lilavati Hospital, said the research is a step in the right direction. "It will certainly be helpful in the long run. But in day-to-day practice Alzheimer's is difficult to detect twenty years before its progress. By the time it's detected, it's already too late for the patient," he said."

"Dr Roop Gursahani, consulting neurologist, Hinduja Hospital, said the research is good in its place and context. However, translating it from a test tube to actual medication would be a huge challenge.
"First we have to develop a drug, then a treatment, then test it on a patient and then see if results are achieved," he added."

"As you read this, Dr Maiti and his team are probably working on just that."

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